Vancouver man dies in Skamania County Crash

A Vancouver man was found dead Sunday in a scorched car wedged between two trees, 20 feet off the highway on Wind River Road in Skamania County.


Emergency crews found a Vancouver man dead in a car which was wedged between two trees after a fiery crash Sunday on Wind River Road in Skamania County.

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office identified the driver as Lawrence Nett, 59, of Vancouver on Monday, Emily Gillespie of the Columbian reported.

Skamania County EMS and Rescue (SCEMS) responded to reports of a car crash at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. The crash occurred in a remote area north of Carson in Skamania County, near mile post 16.5 on Forest Service Road 30, most commonly known as Wind River Highway.

Emergency crews arrived to find a two-door sports sedan 20 feet off the roadway, wedged between two trees. The vehicle had been engulfed in flames, but was put out by some nearby campers before the fire districts arrived. The lone occupant of the sedan, later identified as Nett, was pronounced dead at the scene.

SCEMS, Skamania County Fire District #1, and Skamania County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash scene.

Skamania Emergency Services also reported a brush fire at about the same time as the crash. The 50 ft. by 75 ft. fire was 16 miles down the road, at mile post 0.5 on Wind River Highway. SCEMS called in a mutual aid department from Stevenson, which doused the flames.

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